Quiz: Which Craft Will You Really, Really Love Doing?
If 2017’s the year you vowed to become an, er, “maker” but you haven't gotten past setting up the Pinterest board, let Katie Diamond hand-hold you through this. Creator of stone-centric earrings and intricately patterned rings, she’s never met a craft that she doesn't love, and she’s here to help you figure out where to start. Take the quiz below to choose a lane, and follow her wise advice once you do: “Just go ahead and order your supplies, and then you’ll have to make space and a little time to try some things out. Once you have a few basic skills, you can really branch out make it your own!” So, c’mon: You can do this! Cross-stitch our hearts.
1. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE?
A. Does the 20 minutes while I wait for my nails to dry before I can start pilates count?
B. Eh, I could cut out a few games of Candy Crush.
C. I quit my side hustle, and I don’t know what to do with myself.
2. WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU MADE SOMETHING?
A. Um, I think it involved sixth-grade Valentine’s Day and lots of glitter.
B. I went through a pretty serious washi-tape phase recently.
C. I re-upholstered my own couch just last week.
3. HOW COOL ARE YOU WITH MESSINESS?
A. I read passages from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up every night before bed.
B. Don’t look in my junk drawers, but everything else is Instagram-ready.
C. Wait, why do you ask? Are you coming over? I need more notice than this.
4. WHO IS YOUR SEVENTIES ICON?
B. Stevie Nicks.
C. Talitha Getty.
5. DO YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO CATCH UP ON NETFLIX WHILE YOU DO THIS?
A. The only tasks I do are multi-tasks.
B. How about just re-watching some Gilmore Girls eps I’ve already seen three times?
C. No, the whole point of this is to avoid the couch.
Tally ‘em up!
IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY AS, YOU SHOULD START…DOING MACRAME!
New to this and short on time? Katie swears you can still macra-make it happen: “Macrame is an excellent starter craft. I’ve made great little plant hangers in just twenty minutes, though you can work up to things like door hangings that could take a few days. Plus, you can get the cord you need at any craft or hardware shop, and there’s not really anything to clean up afterwards. It’s also great to do with kids—my son and I recently made these cool wall hangings on cord with wooden beads.”
Materials: Scissors and a roll of rope, twine, or nylon cord—you could even use yarn!
Further Reading: Macrame Patterns Book by Marchen Art Studio
IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY BS, YOU SHOULD START...WEAVING!
Need something soothing and okay with a commitment? Katie’s got the perfect project: “If you’re looking to de-stress and work with your hands, I recommend learning how to weave. You just need to buy an inexpensive loom (or you can or even make one!), and you can create a gorgeous wall hanging in a weekend. Plus, the repetition is calming and it gives you a chance to just sit on your couch, relax, and make something awesome."
Materials: A lap loom and a supply of threads and yarns in your favorite colors.
DIY Guide to Get You Started: The Weaving Loom has tons of ideas for all skills levels.
Further Reading: The Weaver’s Idea Book by Rachel Denbow
IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY CS, YOU SHOULD START...MAKING CERAMICS!
Admit it—you’ve been wanting to learn how to do this for a long time already. Just make the time and do it! “I recommend anything with clay for people who like to get messy! It’s really cathartic,” Katie says. “There are a lot of steps involved in creating a finished product, so it does require a willingness to put in time and effort to get it right. Throwing on a pottery wheel in particular is so much fun, and you can make some really amazing things.”
Materials: Your best bet might be to sign up for an introductory class at a local studio, most of which include clay, access to wheel and kiln, and a set of tools. Or, if you want to try handbuilding, everything you need (or need to know) is right here.
DIY Guides to Get You Started: Ceramic Arts has endless deep-dives into techniques.
Further Reading: Ceramics for Beginners (Wheel Throwing) by Emily Reason